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ITEM# 14500218
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    ITEM#: 14500218

    Personnel: Dan Deacon (vocals, electronics); Maureen Smith, Zoe Band (alto); Devlin Rice (electric guitar, bass guitar); Victor Ruch, Sophia Mak (violin); Gerry Mak (viola); Mia Barcia-Colombo, Gabriel Caballero (cello); Sara Autrey (flute); Nicole Papadatos (clarinet, bass clarinet); Rob Sirois (bassoon); Patrick McMinn (trumpet); Andrew Smith (French horn); Christian Hizon (bass trombone); R.M. O'Brien (tuba); Bijan Olia (piano); William Cashion (bass guitar); Kevin O'Meara, Rod Hamilton, Dennis P. Bowen, Rich O'Meara (percussion). Audio Mixers: Chester Endersby Gwazda; Dan Deacon. Recording information: 3E Copycat Annex, Baltimore, MD; Have Some Pizzazz Studios, Baltimore, MD; House O'Meara, Silver Spring, MD; Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD; The Chrome Dome, Baltimore, MD. Photographer: Josh Sisk. Though he's made a name for himself based on his irreverent and impossibly enthusiastic electro-pop, Dan Deacon shows off the more thoughtful side of his hectic composition style on the thoughtfully orchestrated America. Rather than the non-stop, sweat-fueled party atmosphere found on Spiderman of the Rings, the album continues the experimentations Deacon started on Bromst, working more and more with live instruments and exploring emotions outside of "party." With a combination of electronic and orchestral elements, Deacon weaves together an album filled with hope and wistfulness, making America an altogether more subtle and nuanced effort than his previous work. While songs like "Guilford Avenue Bridge" and "Prettyboy" both evoke the beauty of the subtly shifting landscapes that inspired Deacon while he was on a cross-country train trip, the four-part "USA" suite is where the album really comes together. Over the course of its 20-minute running time, the sprawling suite takes Deacon's knack for layering to a new level, especially during the dizzying "USA III: Rail," where the orchestration is chopped up and layered on top of itself to create something intricate, playful, and most importantly, human. In contrast to the shuddering squelch of the synths that kick in at the beginning of "USA IV: Manifest," moments like these serve as a reminder that Deacon, and people as a whole, aren't as beholden to machines as we might think, and America's artful merging of the electronic and the acoustic shows that these tools we dedicate so much time and brain space to can also be used to create something free and emotionally invigorating. ~ Gregory Heaney

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    UPC 801390031922
    Runtime 43 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Electronic
    Label Domino Records
    Producer Chester Endersby Gwazda; Dan Deacon
    Number of Discs 1
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Guilford Avenue Bridge
    • 2. True Thrush
    • 3. Lots
    • 4. Prettyboy
    • 5. Crash Jam
    • 6. USA, Pt. 1: Is a Monster
    • 7. USA, Pt. 2: The Great American Desert
    • 8. USA, Pt. 3: Rail
    • 9. USA, Pt. 4: Manifest
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Deacon, Dan
    Country of Origin United States
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